Tucked away in the beautiful South Hams village of Bantham, Cracklefield Cottage is a gorgeous period property dating back well over 200 years.
The name ‘Cracklefield’ comes from ancient deeds. Written upon the deeds were the words ‘Field of Crackle’ hence the name. Originally the Cottage was part of the adjoining Bantham House, and has a rather interesting history. According to local history experts, it was one of many storage places for smuggled goods in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. More often than not the entire village of Bantham would be in on the secret provided they got a share of the bounty! A wander around the village with its quaint harbour will most definitely fire your imagination.
The cottage is deceptively roomy and sleeps up to 8 people across 4 bedrooms. There is ample space to relax and enjoy this unique property.
You’ll also find dotted around the home, examples of beautiful, local arts and crafts and many of the rooms have incredible views over the beautiful South Hams countryside.
The kitchen/diner seats 8 and has a well equipped fitted kitchen, with ceramic hob, built-in electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and a chest freezer. A lovely farmhouse kitchen table sits at one end of the room next to a beautiful period.
A spacious sitting room keeps its cosy feel with a large open fireplace with wood burner, a must for darker nights. With well-placed lamps, squashy armchairs and sofas, there is room for everyone to enjoy the flatscreen television,DVD player and the varied collection of reading material in the bookcase.
There is also a handy downstairs cloakroom with a WC and hand basin.
Bedroom 1 is a spacious double with large fitted cupboards, a washbasin and a comfy king-sized bed.
Bedroom 2 is a smart twin children’s room with divan beds and a steeply sloping ceiling.
Bedroom 3 is a double with a sloping ceiling, double bed and washbasin.
Next door is a family bathroom with bath with shower attachment over, WC and washbasin. There is also an extremely handy shower room on this floor.
The washing machine can be found inside the landing cupboard.
Bedroom 4 is a lovely light and airy attic bedroom accessed by a steep staircase, with twin beds and Velux windows.
Outside, the cottage features a castellated wall and sits in a quiet lane a minute from the village shop and pub. A door from the kitchen leads to a charming paved courtyard - A real sun trap! The garden is enclosed making it great for families with children. The courtyard has a table and chairs and a raised lawn area with extra seating, perfect for alfresco dining, barbecues and sundowners on long summer evenings.
There is a dedicated parking space for one car in front of the garage opposite the property.
Additional cars may be parked along the main road between September and May. A weekly parking permit may be obtained from the beach gatehouse if required.
What makes Cracklefield Cottage so special from the owner
Cracklefield Cottage has been in the owner's family for generations. The family children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have grown up spending endless summers here. Everything moves more slowly and life revolves around the tides. It’s peaceful and the perfect place to unwind. The light and the sunsets are unrivalled and every season in Bantham is spectacular in its own right.
Things to do
Beautiful Bantham beach is lovingly described as a tiny jewel along this stretch of stunning coastline. The sapphire blue sea and golden sands make this an unforgettable holiday destination. The waves attract surfers from all around the world but if you prefer a more relaxing stint on the water, Bantham Surf Academy will helpfully provide you with paddleboards, kayaks, wetsuits and all the information you need. Instructors are available to take you out in groups or one-one sessions if you fancy some extra tuition.
Just minutes from here is the pretty harbour, where you can while away the hours crabbing, sailing or just watching the boats go by.
The Gastrobuses are a regular summer feature on the beach. Gourmet burgers, Devon ice-cream and amazing sandwiches are readily available all through the summer. Throw in some regular pizza nights with some live music and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening.
If walking is more your thing, The South West Coast Path runs right past Bantham - A ferry is available to take you across the River Avon (Not available all year round) and nature lovers may just glimpse Kingfishers, Housemartins and Guillemots in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Look towards the shoreline and occasionally they’ll be a shy seal or even a playful dolphin among the rocks.
The village itself is host to a fantastic pub/restaurant - The Sloop Inn. Here you can find delicious freshly cooked meals, an ever-changing selection of creative daily specials using some of the freshest fish, meat and game and the finest local produce Devon has to offer. Head up to the village shop which stocks a great range of groceries, newspapers, freshly baked bread and pastries, as well as all your holiday essential including wetsuits, bodyboards and buckets & spades. Its beautiful terrace cafe produces a spectacular Devon Cream Tea which you can sample whilst overlooking the estuary and debating the age-old question; Jam or Cream first?
Out and About
If you want to venture further afield, Kingsbridge and Salcombe are only a few miles away and the historic Tudor town of Totnes just slightly further.
Woodlands Adventure Theme Park, South Devon Chilli Farm, Living Coasts and Kent’s Cavern are all nearby days out, particularly good for little ones. And if you fancy a change from the coast, you can head inland to stunning Dartmoor National Park with its magnificent Tors and wild ponies, only a short drive away.